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Image: Vinyl suitcase (1970s)
Source: Museum Victoria
The Migration Collection provides an overview of the many and diverse people who have migrated to Victoria since the 1830s, their motivations for coming, the material they brought with them, items accumulated on the journey, and the objects they made and acquired after settling here.
This material is varied and includes personal effects, domestic and work-related items, clothing and other textiles, luggage, shipboard souvenirs, photographs, art and craft works, and personal and immigration documents. The growing collection of documents relating to Australian immigration policy and promotion, and the processes by which people are selected, managed and organised, provides a critical bridge between the personal narratives and the narratives of nations - Australia's and others. Local community activity relating to migration is also represented, including cultural organisations formed to maintain cultural traditions; government and community support and administrative groups, such as the Good Neighbour Council; and protest and political movements, for and against immigration, multiculturalism and diversity.Scope of existing collection
The collection consists of around 6,000 items relating to individuals, families, communities and organisations. Acquisition is primarily by donation. Objects include personal items, artworks, work-related items, luggage, costumes, textiles, domestic equipment, documents and ephemera. Almost 60 per cent of the collection consists of 12 sub-collections of 50 items or more.
There are also many objects in other History and Technology collections, notably the Numismatics and Transport collections, which have direct relevance to the Migration Collection. The collection also includes a modest oral history collection relating to individual and family migration stories, as well as discreet oral history projects such as the Immigration and Artistic Practice Collection, the South Melbourne Tramworkers project, Melbourne Migrant Women Textile Workers, and Australian and Migrant-born Female Glory Box Experiences.
Items per page: 10 50 (showing 11 - 20) 1487 items
Cut Throat Razor which belonged to Jack Rasmussen who immigrated with his wife to Victoria from Scandinavia in 1921. Jack is listed on the razor as having played Mrs. Neptune in a mock ...Images: 1
Floral and striped silk bedspread part of Mrs Maria Markos' dowry. Maria was a young widow; her husband had been murdered by the Turks (Castellorizo was under the rule of the Ottoman Em ...Images: 2
Model double spiral staircase crafted by Heinrich (Henry) Munzel from Brazilwood, made in Pernambuco, Brazil between 1835 and 1850. Henry brought the model with him when he migrated fro ...Images: 9
Document tabled in the Parliament of Victoria in 1881 entitled 'Chinese Intercolonial Conference'. It was printed in Melbourne by John Ferres at the Government Printing Office. The docu ...Images: 2
Badge made for the Ethnic Scout & Guide Association of Victoria. Formed in the 1950s the Ethnic Scout and Guide Association of Victoria, comprises scout and guide groups from seven Euro ...Images: 1
Alternative Name: Suitcase Small wooden hand made travelling case, made and used by Giuseppe Giovanni Minniti when he migrated to Melbourne from his home in Limpidi, Calabria in Italy ...Images: 1
Love token made circa 1800 in Great Britain, with the inscriptions 'TS' and 'LOVE & LIVE HAPPY. Love tokens were often commissioned by convicts before they were transported to Australi ...Images: 5
Travelling trunk used by the Dereani Family, when they migrated to Australia from Trieste, Italy in 1955. They also brought two suitcases and a bag, filling them with as much as they co ...Images: 6
Metal Bracelet purchased by Nina Nicoletti at a shop in Tenerife in 1969 as a memento of the migration journey to Australia. Ports such as Tenerife (one of the Canary Islands of North W ...Images: 2
Plaque issued to commemorate the official opening of the Enterprise Hostel on 29 October 1970. The name 'Enterprise' was chosen to reflect a sense of connection between the different 'w ...Images: 4